AUSVEG Board

The AUSVEG Board of Directors is made up of representatives from our state member organisations, as well as Board-appointed skills-based Directors.

Position Name State
Board member (Chairman) Geoff Moar New South Wales
Board member (Deputy Chair) Belinda Adams Queensland
Board member Danny De Ieso South Australia
Board member Michael Nixon Western Australia
Board member David Addison Tasmania
Board member Bill Bulmer Victoria
Skills Based Board Members
Position Name
Board member Geoff Knuckey Appointed
Board member Simon Bolles Appointed
Geoff Moar
Chairman

Geoff Moar

For the past 40 years Geoff has grown fresh and processed potatoes in the Riverina area of NSW for crisping and fresh markets. He is a member of the Horticultural Committee of the NSW Farmers Association, and is very keen to improve the percentage of retail dollar that is delivered to growers.

“When I first started growing potatoes, the percentage was much larger than it is today and everybody seems to be able to justify a larger share leaving the grower with much less at the end,” Geoff says.

Geoff is also concerned about the availability of water throughout Australia, especially the Murray-Darling Basin, which after years of drought is in a dire condition.”The handling of water in general, with irrigation supplies needs to be closely observed by both growers and government.” He fears that growers may find themselves having difficulty in retaining the water rights that they have already secured with the Australian Government, something that he hopes to improve for industry.

Geoff was appointed to the AUSVEG Board in 2004 and is the longest-serving current director. Geoff was elected as AUSVEG Chairman in August 2013.

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Belinda Adams
Deputy Chair

Belinda Adams

Mrs Adams was born into a family of farmers. Her parents, grandparents and great grandparents had all farmed the land and her family was to continue in the tradition.

Coastal Hydroponics is a family owned and operated business. It currently supplies Coles with bagged and loose salad ranges, bunched herbs and hydroponic lettuce. The business is expanding rapidly, taking on more farming land and doubling the size of its process facility. It has also increased its hydroponic infrastructure to cater for the growing demand for herbs.

Mrs Adams is responsible for all production, staff, raw material purchasing, customer liaising, product development, marketing and sales. She received the award for AUSVEG Grower of the Year in 2014 and received the award for Women in Horticulture 2013.

Mrs Adams was appointed to the AUSVEG Board on 28 December 2015.

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David Addison
Board member

David Addison

David Addison has been involved with the vegetable industry for over 35 years.

David manages an onion packing, potato and vegetable growing operation based in Moriarty, Tasmania and has done since 1976. Here he has developed his farming business supplying vegetables, potatoes and other products like poppies, cereals, livestock and pyrethrum to both the processing and fresh sectors.

David has also represented the vegetable industry in positions including Vegetable Councillor for the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, on industry negotiating committees and as a member of the Tasmanian Vegetable Centre Advisory Committee where he currently advises the Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research. He is also a past member of the Potato Industry Advisory Committee (IAC).

David was elected to the AUSVEG Board on 15 September 2010.

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Bill Bulmer
Board member

Bill Bulmer

Lindenow grower Bill Bulmer was elected to the AUSVEG Board on 27 November 2014.

Bill is a third generation Victorian vegetable farmer running the family business Bulmer Farms Pty Ltd.

Bulmer Farms supplies the processing industry in Bairnsdale, Melbourne and Sydney and the Fresh Markets all down the eastern sea board.

Bill is an active member of the vegetable industry and the local community, currently serving on the Vegetable Growers Association of Victoria Executive Committee, a member of the Ausveg board, VFF Hort Committee, Board member of the East Gippsland Water Catchment Authority, Chair of the Mitchell River Catchment Agricultural Business Association, Chair of the Lindenow irrigators advisory committee, East Gippsland Food Cluster and previously as the President and Life Member of the Lindenow Football and Netball clubs, bringing a range of skills and insights to the AUSVEG Board.

 

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Danny De Ieso
Board member

Danny De Ieso

South Australian Director Danny De Ieso has been involved in the vegetable industry for over 30 years and currently operates a bunch line operation on the Northern Adelaide Plains. Danny has long maintained an active involvement within the industry through his previous role as South Australian representative on the Vegetable IAC overseeing industry R&D investments and is the current Grower Director on the Adelaide Produce Markets Ltd board.

In addition to his AUSVEG position, Danny is the inaugural Chairman of South Australian Growers Ltd (t/a AUSVEG SA) and was instrumental in re-establishing formal membership for the organisation with AUSVEG, ensuring that South Australian growers once again had a formal voice within their National Peak Industry Body.

Danny is passionate about ensuring that South Australian growers have a strong, effective voice with government to guard against red tape and increasing compliance costs for industry. In addition, Danny maintains hands on role in industry projects in robotics and export development which have potential to cut labour costs for growers and expand fledgling overseas markets for produce.
Danny was elected to the AUSVEG Board on 23 September 2014.

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Michael Nixon
Board member

Michael Nixon

Michael Nixon is a vegetable grower from Carnarvon, Western Australia, who grows various vegetables and has been involved in the vegetable industry for over seven years.

He is the owner of Riverlodge Assets and is a committee member of the Carnarvon Fruit Fly Committee.

Michael was a member of the Consumer Alignment Design Team from August 2012 until November 2014, advising the vegetable industry on research and development which helped develop the entire industry.

Michael was elected to the AUSVEG Board on 16 November 2014.

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Simon Bolles
Skills-based board member

Simon Bolles

Simon’s 30 year career in investment banking/stockbroking spanned equities research, equity capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, relationship management/business development, corporate broking/access, investor relations & communications and private banking. Simon is an expert in the financial services sector and has direct, research and advisory experience of numerous other industries, particularly agribusiness, superannuation/investments and infrastructure. He has consulted to a start-up and with career consultants Audrey Page and Associates.

He has ten years’ experience on boards and sub-committees. Currently, Simon is Prequalified Audit and Risk Committee Independent Member NSW Government, Tasmanian Government Department of Treasury and Finance Registered Director, Independent Member Audit Risk and Compliance Board Committee Australian Dairy Farmers, Board member Road Trauma Support Services, Deputy Chair University of Melbourne FBE Alumni Council, Advisory Board member Victorian Command Salvation Army, and of others.

Previously, Simon held senior positions at ABN AMRO over 15 years, Toll road ConnectEast and Credit Suisse where he headed the Corporate Access program in Australia and New Zealand. Simon has a BCom, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance, is FCPA, and Graduate of the AICD Company Directors & Risk courses.

Simon acted as Interim CEO in 2016 and is a skills based Director and member of the Audit and Risk subcommittee. Appointed 2013.

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Geoff Knuckey
Skills-based board member

Geoff Knuckey

Appointed to the Board on 20 December 2013, Chair of the Audit Committee, (FCA, Registered Company Auditor, GAICD, Member of Institute of Internal Auditors, BEcon).

Former partner at Ernst & Young including Managing Partner of the Canberra office and head of Audit and Assurance group. Professional expertise in risk management, auditing, internal controls processes, Corporate Governance and Board performance.
Board member of a number of private sector boards as either Chair or Non-executive Independent Director as well as Chair or Independent Member of a number of Audit and Risk Committees for Federal and ACT Government agencies.

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